There are plenty of schoolies from Barnstable to Billingsgate, with many of the charterboats switching over to bluefishing since they are generally larger and fight harder than 18 to 24-inch bass. They are also catching some nice sized bonito on everything from umbrella rigs to swimming plugs. There are still some larger bass being caught around Barnstable.
Cape Cod Bay Reports
There is no lack of small bass up inside the Sandwich creeks and around Barnstable Harbor. Folks fishing eels and plugs such as needlefish around the beachfront and along Sandy Neck are still picking up the occasional larger bass; there are continued reports of pockets of big fish up around Plymouth and hopes are they will start to move towards the Canal.
The bay has a mixed bag in terms of the sizes of the bass that folks are catching, although there really haven’t been any true cows weighed in recently. Larger bass are still being caught at night off of Sandy Neck on live eels, while there are as many schoolies inside Barnstable Harbor as you could want.
Most of the good striper action has come using live eels at night between Sandwich and Sandy Neck, most often pretty close in to shore out to 20-feet of water. The tube-and-worm fishing is still OK around Scorton Ledge over to Barnstable, with best results on red or orange tubes.
The bay is producing large numbers of schoolies for topwater anglers, but most of the bass up to the 30-pound class continue to be caught with live eels, mackerel and tubes. There are a good number of juvenile bonito in the bay and some anglers are jigging them up and using them for bait as opposed to mackerel.
The bay is heaven for light tackle and fly rod anglers right now, with large schools of small bass from Sandwich all the way east to Brewster. They are feeding on small bait, mainly peanut bunker and sand eels, making smaller soft plastics an excellent choice.
The tube-and-worm fishing has been steady in about 20 feet of water from Spring Hill over to Scorton Ledge. Anglers fishing at night have also been picking up enough larger fish on eels to keep them going out; it isn’t gangbusters and there don’t seem to be an great concentrations of fish, but the bass are moving in close to the beaches from Town Neck to Sandy Neck.
The most exciting thing to report in the bay is the presence of good numbers of surface feeding bluefin out around Stellwagen Bank. Also, boaters casting live eels in the dark have been catching bass up to the 30 and 40-pound class in tight to the beaches from the Sandwich town creeks over to Sandy Neck.
Bass, in particular, have been tough to find and what fish they are catching around Billingsgate, the Path, off the Brewster Flats, and pretty much any place east of Barnstable have been on the small side.